Monday, November 3, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


After being sick for over a week, I finally felt well enough to go back in my craft room.  This little box has been sitting around for some time now.
The plexi glass top slides off so you can get to the insides.  
I started by pulling out some Christmas bits to see what spoke to me.  I ended up going with a pink theme, rather than traditional reds and greens.  With my major inside pieces picked out I grabbed my paints.
A very light wash of pink went on the entire box.  I started very light and went back in to make it a stronger paint finish, not just a wash.  Once I had the entire piece painted I went back and flecked the box with the off white.  I also used Tim Holtz's distress paints in Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass.  

Now it was time to layer up the inside.  I pulled pages out of an old dictionary and glued them down with Matte Gel.
Once they were glued down and dry I did a wash of the off white paint just so the words weren't so prominent.  

Flecked the paint inside too.  
Now to make it pretty.  I just love bottle brush trees and plastic ballerina cake toppers.  

I dyed the trees pink using Distress Stains in Pickled Raspberry and Worn Lipstick.  I watered the stain down a bit and then just dipped the trees in until they were a color I liked.  Then I got out my mercury glass beads and pearls to decorate.  
The ballerinas are cute, but I wanted them to be a bit fancy for the shadowbox.  I grabbed my sari silk and dyed that to match the pastel colors.  
Worn lipstick and antique linen made the pink silk.  Broken China and a touch of Peacock Feathers made the blue.  I just wet the silk using my spritzer and ran it through the colors that I had smudged on the craft sheet.  I dried them with my heat gun. 
Fancy party dresses.  
Now I just had to put everything in the box.  


I had some of these vintage houses that used to be part of a light set.  I put some mica snow on the roof and the base.  The ballerinas got glittery crowns and shoes.  The background also got some Christmas remnant rubs.  I just tossed them in there randomly.  Once I was done I realized I made it too fat for the plexi glass top to slide back in! Now I have a piece of plexi glass for another project.  

I added one more ballerina to balance things out. 
 I got the Merry Christmas tag in the dollar bin at Michael's.  The star pin is jammed into the wood and holding up the tag.  
I think this will make a lovely addition to my Christmas decor.  I can't wait to pull it all out.
Have you been by The Robin's Nest? They have a great store and fun blog too.  Great tutorials.  
What have you been crafting?
Jess
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12 comments:

  1. Oh wow, lovin the pink. Beautiful box.

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  2. i adore your gorgeous decorated box! so many pretty things in it! thank you for the tutorial on what you did. i am so glad you felt up to creating again and i hope you feel better every day. xo

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    1. Oh thank you Michele. Your comment is so sweet :)
      Jess

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  3. It's gorgeous! I love the nutcracker vintage traditional Christmas and PINK! LOVE! The ballerina's skirts are fab! :)

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    1. Tnanks Zoe! I just love using the sari silk to make the ballerinas extra fancy. :)

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  4. Such a beautiful box. Love all the gorgeous details. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  5. this is a fun idea thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks for popping over to visit Terri! I hope you enjoyed the project.
      Jess

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